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Clothed Models



    Photographing Clothed Models

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    Key Points to Remember

    • Watch video: "Basic Camera Settings, Focus Tips, and How to Avoid Camera Shake."
    • Basic principles in this video can also be adapted for natural light. You can easily place your art next to a window to use as a soft natural light source or place the work outside in open shade. Avoid direct sun and use a tripod.
    • When shooting white fabric or lighter values, use diffused or reflected light.
    • When shooting black fabric or darker values, start with diffused or reflected light but also try using direct light to help showcase the texture.
    • For a white background use a large sheet of paper instead of a sheet to avoid wrinkles.
    • For a black background, hang a large piece of matt surface black fabric behind your art. The fabric will appear darker than black paper.
    • Show 100% of your work. Don't crop out anything and leave a small amount of space surrounding your piece.
    • Shoot vertically to match the length of your subject.
    • Keep the art completely flat, vertical, and level. Make sure the camera is not tilted and is completely level. The camera should be aligned with the center of your art. This will help to avoid distortion.
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    • For a detail shot, move closer and/or zoom in with your camera. If you need a very close detail, try the camera's macro function (flower icon) and refer to the owner's manual.


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    Introduction

    Clothing soaks up a lot of light, and models are tall. You will need more light intensity.



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    Light Setup

    Use 500-watt halogen work lamp. Get the brightest light on the center torso so that you don't overexpose the face. You can put a piece of diffusion material over the light. You can use 200-watt bulbs in clamp lights to fill in the shadows. Keep the model's pose simple.

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    Creating Even Light

    You can bounce the light off a piece of foam core to create reflected light. Be careful not to kill the intensity. Use diffusion material and fill lights to even out the exposure.

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    Final Thoughts

    Shoot full frame with a clean background. Leave a bit of breathing room around your artwork. Shoot a front side and back view. Showcase details.


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